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New Middle-earth Honey!

Have you ever wondered what the honey from Beorn’s hives gifted to Gandalf and Thorin’s Company on their Quest tasted like? Now you can find out! For the first time ever, Beorn’s treat is available worldwide from Middle-earth Honey, a New Zealand based company striving both to bring the tastes of Arda to the world and to also save the precious bees that produce it.

Their first product is called Anduin Vale Honey and its inspiration was taken directly from the text of The Hobbit: “This is what he promised to do for them. He would provide ponies for each of them, and a horse for Gandalf, for their journey to the forest, and he would lade them with food to last them for weeks with care, and packed so as to be as easy as possible to carry—nuts, flour, sealed jars of dried fruits, and red earthenware pots of honey, and twice-baked cakes that would keep good a long time, and on a little of which they could march far. The making of these was one of his secrets; but honey was in them, as in most of his foods, and they were good to eat, though they made one thirsty.” – The Hobbit, “Queer Lodgings”

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You can meander through the Vale at the Middle-earth Honey website here, and likewise may keep up to date with new products and recipes by following their Facebook page here.

Like Beorn, the nature-loving guardian of the Vale, Middle-earth Honey holds its bees in high regard and gives them the best possible treatment. Their honey is 100%  natural and is based just ten minutes from Hobbiton in Matamata, NZ.

Anduin Vale Honey is but the first of many Middle-earth products, including candies, chocolates, and even some meads (honey wine) to be released later this year.

Even better, Middle-earth Honey is helping to support the endangered honey bee by maintaining healthy hives on the Pacific Island nation of Niue where the bee population has been untouched by disease or decline.

You can find out more about these special island bees in the video below:

Save The Bees – NIUE HONEY from Richard Duncan on Vimeo.

We Happy Hobbits have a pot of this special honey on the way, so keep your eyes peeled for a video review from us soon!

Posted in Fans, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Uncategorized, WETA Workshop

The One Last Party – one year ago!

How time flies! Exactly a year ago today, February 21st 2015, many of us gathered in Hollywood for The One Last Party. Fans and TheOneRing.net staffers were joined by movie cast and crew members, brought together by a love of Tolkien and of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth trilogies. Many more fans around the world tuned in to watch TORn’s live stream coverage, led by staffers Quickbeam and Justin. Bruce Hopkins (Gamling) acted as MC for the night, PJ himself sent a special video greeting, and the Professor’s great-grandson Royd Tolkien came all the way from Britain for the celebration. Partygoers danced the night away to the music of Emerald Rose and William Kircher’s group The California Dreamers. It was indeed a night to remember!

Staffer Mithril posted recently about the beautiful Red Book she made, containing the names of all who contributed to the crowdfunding campaign to make The One Last Party happen; this lovely book was sent to Sir Peter as a ‘thank you’ from all of us to whom his movies have meant so much. In another look back to that wonderful night a year ago, here are just a few moments captured from that night, and put together by film maker and TORn friend Dan McBride. Let’s reminisce – and hope that it isn’t really the last such event.  We may yet have an excuse, one day, for an unexpected party…

Posted in Bruce Hopkins, Events, Fans, Happy Hobbit, Hobbit Movie, John Bell, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Mark Ordesky, Meet Ups, Oscar Parties, Peter Jackson, Sala Baker, The Hobbit, The One Last Party, The One Last Party, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tolkien Family, William Kircher

The Week in Tolkien Cosplay – February 19th, 2016

Welcome to the Week in Tolkien Cosplay! Each week, we’ll be picking a few of our favorite Tolkien-inspired costumes.  If you’d like to be considered for an upcoming post, please send in your photo and the following information to cosplay@theonering.net :

  • Name (can be a nickname if you’d rather not have your secret identity revealed)
  • Who you are cosplaying as
  • Photographers name (if known)
  • A short bio (such as: who made the costume, how long it took to make, and any other details about it you’d like to share

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Posted in Creations, Fans

The Great Hall of Poets

ArwenReading_revisedWelcome to The Great Hall of Poets, our regular monthly feature showcasing the talent of Middle-earth fans. Each month we will feature a small selection of the poems submitted, but we hope you will read all of the poems that we have received here in our Great Hall of Poets.

So come and join us by the hearth and enjoy!

If you have a Tolkien/Middle-earth inspired poem you’d like to share, then send it to poetry@theonering.net  One poem per person may be submitted each month. Please make sure to proofread your work before sending it in. TheOneRing.net is not responsible for poems posting with spelling or grammatical errors.

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Headlines, Poetry

The Week in Tolkien Cosplay – February 12, 2016

Welcome to the Week in Tolkien Cosplay! Each week, we’ll be picking a few of our favorite Tolkien-inspired costumes.  If you’d like to be considered for an upcoming post, please send in your photo and the following information to cosplay@theonering.net

  • Name (can be a nickname if you’d rather not have your secret identity revealed)
  • Who you are cosplaying as
  • Photographers name (if known)
  • A short bio (such as: who made the costume, how long it took to make, and any other details about it you’d like to share

 

 

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Name:  An Unexpected Family Cosplay11270408_653470524785951_2390344997775074953_o

Characters:  Kili, Bofur, Thorin, Fili, Bilbo Baggins, Legolas

Photographer:  Shinigami Photography

Bio:  This Family was brought together by a love of all things Tolkien. A lot of love and hard work went into all of these costumes (for Legolas, it was their first ever handmade costume, and the first big armour build for Thorin!), down to the contract that was hand-written by Kili, the incredible detailing on Bofur and Kili, and the incredible beard and wig work.

 

 

 

 

Name:  Alex OakenshieldFB_IMG_1454734055222

Character: Thorin Oakenshield

Photographer:  Antonio Casorio

Bio:  I made the whole costume by myself, took me a few months and a lot of elbow juice.  It’s made out of pvc and other thermoplastics, the picture was taken in August, It was unbearably hot that day under all those layers! I have made almost every single outfit that Thorin wears in The Hobbit trilogy but this one is absolutely my favorite.  Being a greedy dwarf inside I guess I can’t resist the dragon sickness.  Cheers from Italy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name:  Kayoss CosplayaDSC03982a

Character: Eowyn

Photographer:  Isotropic Photography

Bio:  When I first read the Lord of the Rings in the late 90’s, I felt an instant connection to Eowyn and since then she’s been one of my all time favorite literary characters. So for my first ever cosplay I decided to make her Dernhelm battle armour from Return of the King. I made everything entirely by hand, including the sword and chainmaille, the latter of which I individually cut and sanded from 12 metres of PVC pipe. All up it took me 6-7 months to complete the costume. This photo was taken in Middlemarch, New Zealand near where the Rohan scenes were filmed. Unfortunately I couldn’t fit my helmet and shield in my bag to bring them to the shoot too, but nevertheless it was a priceless experience!

Posted in Creations, Fans

What Are “Were-worms” In The Hobbit?

Glaurung the dragon, one of the chief weapons Morogth used to defeat the Eldar in Beleriand. Artwork: John Howe.

Glaurung the dragon, one of the chief weapons Morogth used to defeat the Eldar in Beleriand. Artwork: John Howe.

Welcome to our latest Library feature, in which Andrew B shares his theories about the “Were-worms” from The Hobbit.  Personally I’d always envisaged them as lesser flightless dragons of the line of Glaurung and not the escapees from Arrakis that we saw in The Battle of the Five Armies, so I found Andrew’s ideas very interesting  :)

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

The Week in Tolkien Cosplay – February 5, 2016

Welcome to the Week in Tolkien Cosplay! Each week, we’ll be picking a few of our favorite Tolkien-inspired costumes.  If you’d like to be considered for an upcoming post, please send in your photo and the following information to cosplay@theonering.net :

  • Name (can be a nickname if you’d rather not have your secret identity revealed)
  • Who you are cosplaying as
  • Photographers name (if known)
  • A short bio (such as: who made the costume, how long it took to make, and any other details about it you’d like to share)

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Posted in Creations, Fans

The Week in Tolkien Cosplay – January 29, 2016

Welcome to The Week in Tolkien Cosplay!  Every Friday, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite Tolkien-inspired costumes.  If you’d like to submit your costume, please send a clear photo and the following information to cosplay@theonering.net:

  • Name (can be a nickname if you’d rather not have your secret identity revealed)
  • Who you are cosplaying as
  • Photographers name (if known)
  • A short bio (such as: who made the costume, how long it took to make, and any other details about it you’d like to share)

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Posted in Creations, Fans

The Great Hall of Poets

AragornReading_RevWelcome to The Great Hall of Poets, our regular monthly feature showcasing the talent of Middle-earth fans. Each month we will feature a small selection of the poems submitted, but we hope you will read all of the poems that we have received here in our Great Hall of Poets.

So come and join us by the hearth and enjoy!

If you have a Tolkien/Middle-earth inspired poem you’d like to share, then send it to poetry@theonering.net  One poem per person may be submitted each month. Please make sure to proofread your work before sending it in. TheOneRing.net is not responsible for poems posting with spelling or grammatical errors.

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Green Books, Poetry, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

The Greyscale

boromirWelcome to our latest Library feature, in which Benita J Prins discusses the belief that Tolkien characters are either totally good, or totally bad, and therefore his characterizations are two-dimensional.  She shows that Tolkien did, in fact, write characters that aren’t good, but aren’t entirely bad, and they appear in all of his works.

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Posted in Characters, Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Other Tolkien books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

Submissions Wanted for The Week in Tolkien Cosplay

Attention cosplayers! TheOneRing.net is pleased to announce a new weekly feature: The Week in Tolkien Cosplay. We know there are many creative fans in the Tolkien community, and we would like to showcase some the amazing costumes out there. They can be from the books or movies, just as long as they are Tolkien-related.  We’ll be posting a few of our favorites each Friday, starting January 29th.

Please send your photo and the following information to cosplay@theonering.net:

  • Name (can be a nickname if you’d rather not have your secret identity revealed)
  • Who you are cosplaying as
  • Photographers name (if known)
  • A short bio (such as: who made the costume, how long it took to make, and any other details about it you’d like to share)

 

The talented Janette has been gracious enough to share her amazing Thorin as an example:

Thorin Oakenshield - Photograph by NV-Us Photography

Thorin Oakenshield by Janette Jolman- Photograph by NV-US Photography

“The picture above took about a year to make and has over 700 handmade pieces of clay for the brigandine armor. It consists of about 5 layers ranging from velvet to leather and utilized materials such as foam, wood, vinyl, resin and leather.   This was a challenging build for me as all my previous costumes for the last decade, had been primarily armor builds and this required learning how to use a sewing machine and was also a first for making prosthetics.   I’ve been doing costuming for about 13 years. One of my earliest cosplays was actually a second age elf from the prologue of LOTR.”

 

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By submitting your photo and information, you give TheOneRing.net permission to publish it to our website, as well as social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc..)  Submission does not guarantee your photo will be published.

 

Posted in Creations, Fans, TheOneRing.net Community

A Wellington Weta Adventure!

Autumn had finally arrived in northern California when I boarded a plane to head into spring on the other side of the planet in New Zealand. To say I wasn’t frightened would be a lie. I felt very much like Frodo heading out into the wide world, for I was about to be away from my family and my continent for longer than I ever had. The weather in Wellington had been pleasant until I arrived, or so I’m told, and as more and more cold rainstorms blew into the bay off the Pacific, my co-workers at Weta Workshop teased that I had brought winter with me to their beautiful island nation.

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The flight from Auckland to Wellington, NZ

Like most fans of the The Lord of the Rings films, I had long dreamed of visiting New Zealand and seeing as much of its Middle-earth landscape as I could. However, also like most fans, the cost of such an adventure always held me back. As such, if someone had told me that I would have gone to Aotearoa twice in 2015, I would’ve thought they were as full of tall tales as old mad Baggins! But step out my front door I did, each time with a little nudge.

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Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit, Hobbit Movie, John Callen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, New Zealand, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Uncategorized, WETA Cave, WETA Workshop